Just wanted to see if anyone has first hand working knowledge of a C/CS mount varifocal day/night lens with up to 50mm zoom? I have read the articles here about MP lenses, but I also know that new products come out as time passes. Are there any new breakthroughs in lenses? Anything you would like to suggest?
Background info is that I am going to mount a 3MP box cam (Dahua or Hik most likely) on an apartment building to view the incoming vehicles as they enter the complex. Due to the layout of the property, this is my best vantage point. In order to maximize my PPF on the two car path, I need about 40mm of zoom per JVSG calculations. I would like to have a little room for error, as well as I don't usually like to count on the full amount of zoom being available and stay in focus. We have found that you usually can't get the full amount of zoom and also achieve proper focus as well.
As far as cost, would like to stay as cheap as effectively possible. I have seen some Fuji lenses in the sub $200 range. That would probably be what I would expect to spend, unless $400 is really worth it to achieve a much better image.